Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Silversea Joins Efforts To "Save Venice"

In tune with its Italian heritage, ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises has announced its support of two organizations dedicated to the preservation of works of art and architecture in Venice: Save Venice and Chorus. One of Italy's—and the world's—most romantic and magical cities, Venice is featured on no less than ten Silversea itineraries this summer. On each of these mostly 7-day voyages, guests will enjoy an overnight stay aboard Silver Wind or Silver Whisper docked in Venice.

"We're pleased to be able to help generate awareness and support the worthy efforts of Save Venice and Chorus," said Darius Mehta, director of land programs for Silversea. "With its fascinating history and mesmerizing beauty, Venice has always been one of our most popular destinations and it's only fitting that we play our part to contribute to maintaining the cultural heritage and artistic treasures of this magnificent city. By partnering with leading local tour specialists we are able to offer specially tailored destination experiences that are culturally enriching and also provide an opportunity for Silversea and our guests to participate in a greater cause."

Save Venice, an American non-profit group based in New York and Venice, with chapters in Boston and California, is dedicated to preserving the city's artistic heritage and has restored over 350 works of art and architecture in Venice. It publishes a colorful, 24-page book of hunts and puzzles designed to enhance visits to Venice by encouraging the visitor to focus on various architectural details and art objects that might otherwise go unnoticed. Through Silversea's cooperation with Save Venice, the books are available for sale for 25 euros on all Silversea voyages calling in Venice this summer. Proceeds from the sale go to support the various projects of Save Venice. In addition, when guests purchase one of Silversea's optional pre- or post-cruise land programs featuring at least a one-night stay in Venice, they automatically receive a copy of the "Save Venice Hunts & Puzzles" book in their hotel room. For more information on Save Venice, visit
Pictured above: An early morning arrival in Venice from aboard Silver Whisper.

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